Cumbria police chiefs hit back after complaints show steep rise
Last updated at 14:14, Friday, 15 August 2014
POLICE chiefs have defended the record of the Cumbria force after complaints against it rose by nearly a third.
Chief Constable Jerry Graham said the increase worked out at about one extra allegation every three days across a year, pointing out policing was a job that inherently attracted complaints.
He also said figures were declining when looked at across more recent months rather than across the whole year.
A discussion was held among senior crimefighting figures after statistics showed allegations were up by 32 per cent in the last year. Accusations included unprofessional conduct, malpractice and incivility.
A report to Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said the county scored well when measured against national statistics and a high number of complaints were unsubstantiated.
This report was put under the spotlight at a meeting of Mr Rhodes’ executive board yesterday. Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said figures for April to June showed a big drop compared to January to March.
There were 513 allegations in the 12 months to July, compared to 388 in the year before.
Mr Graham said: “When investigated, to a large degree, many of these are unsubstantiated. Policing is inherently an occupation that attracts complaints.”
Figures show that complaints of unprofessional conduct drew the highest number of allegations – 234.
The report offers some perspective regarding the numbers, outlining the scale of police work in Cumbria.
It states that during the current 12-month period there were 121,780 incidents, 23,916 crimes and 17,771 arrests.
Cumbria has the third-lowest percentage of allegations upheld nationally. Only 4.9 per cent of allegations investigated by the force’s professional standards department were upheld.
First published at 14:12, Friday, 15 August 2014
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Wally, sorry but confused by what you think I am defending? I'm not a copper if that's what you think?
The USA has a saying when the public pour dislike and disdain on their local Police - " OK, you got a problem ? - then try calling a hippy"They may have (many) faults, but it's all we got . How about we support them for the good they do, rather than damn them and try to damage them for their mistakes ? There are enough people paid to do that anyway.
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